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Jay Scharf is an associate in Stroock’s Private Client Services Group.   Jay works with high net worth individuals and family offices to achieve their personal and estate planning goals, and to mitigate estate, gift, GST and income taxes.  Jay utilizes sophisticated Trusts, Wills and business entities to implement estate planning and business succession planning strategies to transfer and preserve wealth in the most desirable and tax efficient manner.  

Jay’s experience also includes all aspects of trust and estate administration.  In addition, Jay advises clients with respect to federal gift tax returns and federal and state estate tax returns.  Jay’s practice also includes trust and estate related litigation.

In recognition of his achievements, Jay was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and Ones to Watch by Best Lawyers.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star


  • Member, Non-Profit Organizations Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, Tax Committee of Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association

Speeches & Events

  • Speaker, “Through the Looking Glass: Focused Strategies Amid a Shifting Tax and Legislative Landscape,” Stroock,  EisnerAmper and Marsh & McLennan Agency Virtual Roundtable, October 5, 2021
  • Speaker, "Change in Control of Congress May Signal Seismic Shift in Future Estate Planning Opportunities," Stroock, March 22,2021


  • Co-author, "Racing Against The Legislative Clock: Time Sensitive Gift and Estate Tax Planning Guidance," Stroock Client Alert, September 23, 2021

  • Co-author, "Change in Control of Congress May Signal Seismic Shift in Future Estate Planning Opportunities," Stroock Client Alert, March 8, 2021
  • Co-author, "SECURE Act Passed in Year-End Spending Package," December 23, 2019

Admitted To Practice

New York


LL.M., Boston University School of Law, 2016; Taxation

J.D., cum laude, Pace University School of Law, 2012

First Talmudic Degree, Mesifta Talmudical Seminary, 2007